Dream of Olympics an inspiration

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Mikayla Horan won a bronze medallion for the hammer throw at the Australian Athletics Championships earlier this year, setting a new WA State record at the same time.
Camera IconMikayla Horan won a bronze medallion for the hammer throw at the Australian Athletics Championships earlier this year, setting a new WA State record at the same time. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The Olympic Games is in the sights of Bunbury hammer thrower Mikayla Horan, who has returned from the Australian Athletics Championships with a bronze medal in the under-18 division last month at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.

The 17-year-old not only threw a personal best distance, but broke the WA record with a throw of 53.48m.

“It was the best I could have done,” Mikayla said.

She will now prepare to represent the regional Australian team in the Oceania Area Championships in Suva, Fiji, from June 28 until July 2.

The Bunbury athlete said she got into hammer throw for the All Schools Nationals in 2014.

“I had four weeks to train for it and I found I loved it,” she said.

Mikayla said her major goal was to represent Australia at an Olympic Games.

“My short-term goal is to go from the 3kg hammer to the 4kg hammer,” she said.

“I want to go with the 4kg hammer well and see how I go at next year’s nationals.

“Then I hope to make the world championships with the 4kg.”

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